Success Stories

Hundreds of students have gone through BLCI’s After School programs, and our success is mostly measured by the impact we have had on them, and the impact they have had on us, and now in their communities.  We measure success not only by those who enroll in College, but also by the challenges they have overcome and the positive impact they are having on their families and their communities.  We regularly update these stories, so please visit often. 

Jose Vallejo

Jose was in the first BLCI cohort in 1996 as a 3rd grader. Nobody in his family had gone to college and he was surrounded by competing negative influences in his community.

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Although Barrio Logan is rich with history, art and culture, it is also known for gang violence, poverty, and the low educational attainment of its residents.

BLCI looked out for Jose’s best interest by ensuring he received a quality education at a local elementary school resulting in his admission to the Bishop’s School in La Jolla. Jose worked hard during the day at one of the most rigorous schools in the county and came to BLCI in the evening after traveling several hours on a bus to receive the tutoring, guidance and support he needed to succeed at Bishops.

After much hard work and late nights at BLCI, Jose became our first high school graduate in 2004. Through BLCI’s help, Jose applied and was accepted to Yale University where he was admitted with a full ride scholarship. Julio Galindo, BLCI’s past Executive Director, personally drove Jose from San Diego to New Haven, Connecticut and dropped him off at the gate of Yale University.

Three and a half years later, Jose graduated with a B.S. in Economics and came back to San Diego to work for City Link Investment Corporation as a Junior Analyst. Today, at age 24, Jose is the youngest member on the BLCI board of directors. He is a great role model to all BLCI students and the community as a whole.

We are very proud of Jose’s accomplishments!

Dulce Hernandez

Dulce was elected as the first female Student Body President in the history of California State University Channel Islands.

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Dulce is a political science major and has completed a graduate degree in international policy from San Diego State University. 

She is interested in social justice issues involving the poor and women’s rights. Dulce has two younger sisters that have also completed the program and her mother, Lucila Hernandez, served on our board of directors.

Brian Gonzalez

Brian is a student at CSU Monterrey Bay studying Japanese. He graduated from The Preuss School UCSD and BLCI in 2008. Brian is a hard working young man who values his family and community.

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Neither of Brian’s parents made it past elementary school, but they have done everything possible to make sure their kids achieve their dreams. Brian’s younger brother, Ivan Gonzalez, is legally blind and is a high school senior at BLCI.

Brian is taking advanced Japanese, Mandarin and Korean classes in Tokyo, Japan this year. He has one more year to go as an undergraduate. Brian would like to attend The Monterrey Institute of International Studies to study international business.

The international community will benefit greatly one day from Brian’s hard work and dedication!

Brian Gonzalez

Brian is a student at CSU Monterrey Bay studying Japanese. He graduated from The Preuss School UCSD and BLCI in 2008. Brian is a hard working young man who values his family and community.

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Neither of Brian’s parents made it past elementary school, but they have done everything possible to make sure their kids achieve their dreams. Brian’s younger brother, Ivan Gonzalez, is legally blind and is a high school senior at BLCI.

Brian is taking advanced Japanese, Mandarin and Korean classes in Tokyo, Japan this year. He has one more year to go as an undergraduate. Brian would like to attend The Monterrey Institute of International Studies to study international business.

The international community will benefit greatly one day from Brian’s hard work and dedication!

Zimrri Gudino

Zimrri Guidno is a Class of 2014 Alumnus, and attended California State University Chico, where he obtained a B.S. in Management Information Systems.  

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After Zimrri graduated, he decided to stay in California Bay Area and is currently working as a Quality Assurance Engineer at Workday, Inc. in Pleasanton, CA.  Workday is ranked #7 best companies to work for on Fortune’s List. 

Millenia Quintero

Millenia Quintero is a Class of 2018 BLCI Alumnus.  She is currently attending the University of Southern California, and is pursuing a degree in Sociology

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, with a minor in Legal Studies.  Millennia is currently involved at USC as a sister of the Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Incorporated, Latinx Student Assembly, and Improving Dreams Education Access and Success (IDEAS).  Her involvement at USC has given her an opportunity to find a support system and a home away from home.

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